Elite Performance

3 years
June 2024
Online Learning

Our Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (DProf) provides an opportunity for those working in performance related roles to complete a PhD equivalent programme of study focused on career-based needs and aspirations.

Why study with us

  • An innovative, flexible and original course, designed specifically for working professionals, which has a strong national and international reputation.
  • A course taught by staff with extensive professional and research experience.
  • Supports student progress and practice by challenging perceptions and beliefs, answering questions, solving problems and driving innovations that will shape future professional practice.

What you’ll do

  • There’s a strong focus on professional development planning. You’ll focus on enhancing your skills, knowledge and professional practice.
  • Our aim is to support experienced professionals working in performance environments to develop evidenced based solutions to ‘real world’ workplace problems.
  • This is an exciting and original initiative, capable of providing a high level, vocationally focused award to a broad range of professionals.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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How to apply
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As a part-time student on the Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance course, I am able to balance my full-time job in football with this program. The reason why I have chosen this course at UCLan is the flexibility, the members of faculty and the content and structure of the course.
Elite Performance student Daniel Farkas
Daniel Farkas
DProf in Elite Performance & Head of Sports Science and Performance, Puskás Academy
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Academic expertise

Head shot of academic Jill Alexander
Dr Jill Alexander
Course Lead DProf and MProf in Elite Performance
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Jill is a Senior Lecturer and programme lead for the DProf and MProf in Elite Performance. She also delivers several modules on the MSc Football Science and Rehabilitation and MSc in Football Medical Leadership and Performance courses. Prior to this, she led the BSc (hons) Sports…

Christopher smiling in a blue UCLan polo shirt
Dr Christopher Yiannaki
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Chris is a lecturer working on the Professional Doctorate (DProf) and Professional Masters (MProf) in Elite Performance. Chris also contributes to the MSc Sports Coaching course within the School of Health, Social Work and Sport.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme you should normally meet or exceed the following criteria:

Application process

The application process involves you making a formal application which should normally contain:

  • A completed university postgraduate programme application form with supportive evidence of qualifications
  • An appropriate CV to detail your academic and professional experience
  • An outline proposal of 1000 words describing the challenges currently faced in your performance domain
  • Two references including one from a high ranking official in your performance domain
  • If relevant, evidence of competence in English language to the above level

Fees and funding

Part-time£2,500 per year
Full-time £5,000 (Years 1 - 4), £1,000 per year thereafter
Distance Part-time£2,500 per year
Distance Full-time£5,000 (Years 1 - 4), £1,000 per year thereafter
Part-time£2,800 per year
Full-time£5,600 (Years 1 - 4), £1,250 per year thereafter
Distance Part-time£2,800 per year
Distance Full-time£5,600 (Years 1 - 4), £1,250 per year thereafter

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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